Entertainment Melinda Gates Denies Hiring a Private Investigator to Spy on Bill: 'Completely False,' Says Rep
Melinda Gates Met With Divorce Lawyers Just After 2019 Revelations of Bill's Ties to Jeffrey Epstein (Report)
The couple announced last week that they will be divorcing after 27 years of marriage Melinda Gates began to consider divorcing from Bill Gates in 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper says a New York Times story on the billionaire's ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was a catalyst. The Journal cited "people familiar with the matter" and reviewed documents to report that Melinda Gates was consulting with divorce lawyers for roughly two years because the marriage was "irrevocably broken.
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is shutting down a report that said she sought professional surveillance of estranged husband Bill Gates ahead of their split.
According to astory published Monday, "two people familiar with the situation" indicated that "someone in Melinda's circle worked with a private investigator leading up to [Melinda's divorce] filing, which these people expect to inform both the public and private case."
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However, a spokesperson for the philanthropist, 56, shot down the claim in a statement first published in the Vanity Fair piece.
"That's completely false," the spokesperson tells PEOPLE. "Neither Melinda nor anyone at her direction ever hired a private investigator."
The Vanity Fair story - which alleges Bill, 65, was "often impatient and demanding" as a boss - comes several weeks after a spokesperson for Bill confirmed that thethat took place nearly 20 years ago.
Confirmation of the infidelity came amid a swirl of reports that alleged Bill had a reputation for pursuing women who worked for him, and was known to exhibit
Quebec seeks to change Canadian Constitution, make sweeping changes to language laws with new bill
The Quebec government has tabled a bill that seeks to change the Canadian Constitution to include a specific clause reiterating the Quebec nation's French-language rights. The proposed legislation comes after a number of studies found that the French language is in decline in the province. A 2018 study projected that the percentage of Quebecers who speak French at home will drop from 82 per cent in 2011 to about 75 per cent in 2036. The second study, also completed in 2018, examined language spoken in workplaces.
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reported that "on at least a few occasions," Bill made attempts to pursue women who worked for him both at Microsoft and at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which he founded with his estranged wife in 2000.
Thealso reported that Bill's past affair with a staffer was what prompted him to step down from the Microsoft board last year following an investigation - something he denied.
A source told PEOPLE last month that Melindaregarding her husband's alleged indiscretions, "but it's unclear if she knew about all of it."
A spokesperson for Bill, meanwhile, told PEOPLE in a statement at the time that "the claim of mistreatment of employees" is false.
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"It is extremely disappointing that there have been so many untruths published about the cause, the circumstances and the timeline of Bill Gates's divorce," the statement said. "[The New York Times'] characterization of his meetings with [Jeffrey] Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated. Similarly, any claim that Gates spoke of his marriage or Melinda in a disparaging manner is false. The claim of mistreatment of employees is also false. The rumors and speculation surrounding Gates's divorce are becoming increasingly absurd, and it's unfortunate that people who have little to no knowledge of the situation are being characterized as 'sources.'"
On May 22, Bill wassince he and Melinda announced their split after 27 years of marriage. Leaving a hotel in New York City, he was photographed wearing his wedding band on his left ring finger.
The couple - who share children Jennifer, 25, Rory, 22, and Phoebe, 18 - have said they willat their foundation.
Divorce documents filed by Melinda on May 3 do not request spousal or child support, only that the court enforce the couple's separation contract.
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Quebec anglophones were bracing for the worst when Quebec Premier François Legault tabled his long-awaited bill to beef up protection for the French language last month. And at first glance, it seemed like maybe all the hand-wringing had been for nothing. There is no outlawing of the controversial Bonjour/Hi greeting — it’s not even grounds for a complaint to the Office québécois de la langue française. Francophones aren’t completely barred from attending English CEGEPs, although their numbers will be capped. Municipalities with bilingual status can vote to retain it if the number of anglophones among their population has fallen below the 50-per-cent threshold.